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SBD Global/May 6, 2014/Finance

Belgian Lawyer Jean-Louis Dupont Hopeful Over Fight Against Financial Fair Play

The Belgian lawyer who has taken UEFA to court over Financial Fair Play "has told Le Parisien the new regulations will only reinforce the position of football's already established elite," according to Ian Holyman of ESPN. Jean-Louis Dupont, "who was part of the legal team that brought about the Bosman ruling, was asked by an Italian agent to make a case against FFP and brought a complaint before the European Commission in May 2013 and then a month later before the County Court in Brussels." He said, "This system is going to fossilize the structure of competition. It blocks the development process, it stops life. The clubs who are fortunate enough to be in the top 12 in Europe are going to stay there and even reinforce their dominance." The first punishments "are expected to be handed down this week by UEFA." Dupont believes clubs affected by the disciplinary measures "may also resort to legal action as he considers the FFP rules to be in contravention of EU law." Dupont said, "It's very simple to say: 'You have to spend what you earn.' The public are going to find that great, but to explain why it's false, you need an economic, legal and political analysis. This system is inadequte and, consequently, illegal with regard to European law" (ESPN, 5/5).
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